General Information:

Computer science, an academic discipline (abbreviated CS or compsci), is a body of knowledge generally about computer hardware, software, computation and its theory. The discipline itself includes, but is not limited to, the fundamentals of computer languages, operating systems and mathematical foundations of computer science. The study of these fundamentals may lead to a wide variety of topics, such as algorithms, formal grammars, programming languages, program design, artificial intelligence and computer engineering.

There are many sub-disciplines of computer science, including but not limited to: algorithms, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, computer engineering, computer graphics, computer programming, information science, information systems, and software engineer.

Because of the diversity of computer science, not only do many students choose it as a major, but also many employers search for graduating engineering seniors to give their business the upper technology edge.

Career Possibilities:

  • Computer Scientist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Computer Programmer
  • Programmer-Analysts
  • Telecommunication Specialist
  • Network Specialist
  • Web Developer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Database Administrator
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Engineering Managers
  • Video Game Development
  • Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Computer and Information Scientist
  • Research and Development
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Digital Design
  • Operating Systems Director
  • Computer Architect
  • Information Systems Specialist
  • Information Technology Director
  • Computer Science Professor, post-secondary
  • Core System Engineer
  • Data Analysis Technician
  • Information Retrieval Expert

Applicable UCCS Graduate Programs:

Master of Science in Computer Science

M.E. in Software Engineering

Master of Engineering

Distance Master of Engineering in Engineering Management



Statistics for Computer and Information Scientists:

Median Annual Wages: $82,800

Projected Need for 2002-2012: 10,000 additional employees

Total employment for computer systems analysts, database administrators, and computer scientists combined: 979,000 jobs in 2002 (including about 89,000 self-employed).

Median salary of network systems/ data communication analysts: $58,420

Median annual earnings of database administrators were $55,480

Starting offers for a bachelor’s degree in: Computer Science: $47,109

Computer programming; $45,346

Computer systems analysis $41,118

Management information systems: $40,556

Information sciences and systems. $38,282

Starting offers for a master’s degree in computer science: $62,806.


UCCS Clubs:

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Eta Kappa Nu (Engineering)
National Soc. Of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Students Pushing the Limits of Advanced Tech. (SPLAT)


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